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Junior Olympic softball travel team send packages to troops overseas

  • The softball players assemble boxes to mail the care packages.

  • The Comets 12U Blue Junior Olympic softball team created an assembly line to fill 50 care packages for Marines in Afghanistan. —Courtesy of Elizabeth Perry

  • The Comets 12U Blue Junior Olympic softball team created an assembly line to fill 50 care packages for Marines in Afghanistan.

  • Care packages included snacks, books, magazines, toiletries, letters and a newspaper. —Courtesy of Elizabeth Perry

  • The N.H. Comets 12U Blue Junior Olympic softball travel team assembled care packages for Marines in Afghanistan.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Beginning in November 2017, young female athletes from the N.H. Comets 12U Blue Junior Olympic softball travel team began collecting donations from family, friends and their communities, tasked with raising enough money to each send a care package to a soldier deployed overseas. By February, the girls had raised more than $2,400 to be used for military care packages.

The team worked with New Hampshire-based nonprofit Operation Care for Troops to identify what soldiers need, what units are currently deployed, as well as assisting in the mailing of the packages. Through their work with Operation Care for Troops, these young athletes will send 50 care packages to deployed soldiers.

The girls sent snacks, books, magazines, toiletries, and other essential and hard to acquire items that will benefit men and women of the 2nd battalion, 7th Marines, currently fighting in Afghanistan. In addition, the girls each wrote letters, thanking the troops for their service and sacrifice, and identified several soldiers without families for whom this care package might be the only mail they receive during their time abroad, reminding them that someone is thinking of them back home. The Concord Monitor donated 50 newspapers to send in the packages, as every link to home helps our service men and women get through their time deployed.